(b. ca. 1475, Bologna, d. 1552, Bologna)


Italian Mannerist painter from Bologna, where he was a pupil of Francia. Vasari describes him as having an eccentric personality and this comes out in his paintings, which are often bizarre in expression, like the Holy Family with Saints (St. Nicolas aux Champs, Paris). Aspetini was in Rome 1500-03 and his sketchbooks of Roman remains (British Museum, London) are important sources about contemporary knowledge of the antique.